This magazine has been in the mental development lab since long before Scott Glackman and I sold The Local. We had discussed many things, from a glossy magazine to an improved weekly version of our paper.
I was bound to a five-year no-compete clause in the contract with The Local’s buyer, and for three years, as I watched our baby suffer and die, I dreamed of what I would do when that no-compete ended. I thought of many, many papers, magazines, names and concepts, and discussed them all with my close friends and family often. Then, last November, after almost three years of default from the buyer, we settled.
I’ll save the juicy bits for the inaugural issue and give you an introduction to the people who made this happen.
The first link in the chain was Matt Scharf, who you will remember from the comic, Whiskey Chronicles. His artwork is readily visible around town, though it is so varied that it’s not always easy to recognize. We had been talking about doing something for many months, and when my no-compete ended, talks escalated. He finished a job that he had been working on, and was chomping at the bit to get something creative rolling.
The third element that chanced into the scene was Scott Ford. He was generously donating some time to help me with a cause I was, and still am working on (see Suicide below) when he made the mistake of mentioning that he would be willing to discuss getting on board to create a new paper.
That was it for me. My brain went into overdrive and two weeks later I was calling Scott and Matt to see if we could seriously do it. We met on Friday, February 17th, and now we’re fast-tracking ourselves into the lucrative (that’s a joke, please laugh) world of print media. From concept to print in just over a month feels crazy, but it’s coming together. I’ll take this sentence to beg for your ad dollars – we’ll give an awesome discount to anyone who signs up for a year (12 issues), and give you special logo placement as Founding Sponsors on all promotional media for the entire year. That will also include our Facebook page, website and all printed propaganda. That was two sentences. Sorry ‘bout that. (Click here to contact me without having to post on the comment section)
Valley Voice will feature many useful and fun ideas that we will unveil over the next few months. It will be a process to create something as unique and as functional as we hope this to be, so keep watching over this mud season and into summer as this grows and blossoms into something beautiful for all of us to enjoy and participate.